Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Mary had a Sleepy Sheep by Julia Dweck

Published: August 2013
Length: 20 pages
My Rating: *****--5 Stars
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Young Mary had a little lamb.
His name was Sheppard sheep,
And everywhere that Mary went
That sheep was sure to sleep.

This is not your average Mother Goose nursery rhyme. In this hilarious parody, poor Mary has one very sleepy, slumbering, snoozing sheep named Sheppard and Mary’s mom is not happy.

Can Mary can keep her sleepy sheep awake?

Young readers will laugh along at Mary’s zany attempts, as she tries everything from spicy-hot fiestas to water fights. The humor is fast and fun in this easy to read rhyming adventure.

My Review:
My 7 year old daughter loves humor and loves animals, so I thought this would be a fun book to read with her. The storyline was a lot of fun--trying to find ways to keep this silly sheep awake and the way it was told (in rhyme) was an added bonus. When I asked her what she thought about it, she said, "Sheppard was so funny because he was always sleeping no matter what Mary did!" She loved the activities included at the back of the book and spent some time with those. Finding a mouse on each page was one of them. I really liked that--there was more to it than just a quick, hilarious story.

About the Author:

Julia Dweck writes children's stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Check out her newest eBook, "Blucy," a colorful romp and rhyming cat tale. Fun cat facts and a Blucy activity are included in this playful adventure.

Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over 20 Amazon eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal." Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.

From the Author: I'll be at the Bank Street Bookstore in NYC next Sunday (February 23) at 2:30 pm promoting this book with a read aloud, dino drawing lesson, and dino games. If you happen to live near the city, please, drop by. Feel free to spread the word.

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